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Travelling Pets

Since January 2012 travelling within the EU countries with your pet, for example on holiday, has become a relatively straightforward procedure. Travel regulations for dogs, cats and ferrets within the EU have now been harmonised, this includes travel to and from the Republic of Ireland.

  • All dogs, cats and ferrets must be microchipped before any procedures can be carried out to prepare your pet for travel. This provides a means of identification. We recommend that the microchip is regularly checked and especially prior to any period of travel.
  • Once the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. This can be done at the same appointment as the microchip. This normally only requires a single rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date (every 3 years) and they are date sensitive. The waiting period for entry into EU Member States is 3 weeks from the first rabies vaccination. A waiting period is not required for subsequent travel so long as rabies boosters are kept up to date. A Pet Passport is then issued.
  • Before re-entering the UK all dogs must have a tapeworm treatment administered by a vet not less than 24hrs and not more than 120hrs (1-5 days) before their scheduled arrival into the UK.
  • There is now no mandatory requirement for tick treatment but we would advise that you contact the surgery prior to travel to discuss tick control while on holiday to protect your pet against tick-bourne diseases.
  • Travel must only be with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
  • The above is a brief summary of the travel requirements for pets holidaying within the EU.

Dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to countries outside the EU or wishing to enter the UK from such countries are subject to differing requirements, most of which will require blood testing to check for an adequate response to rabies vaccination. You should contact the appropriate authorities from the country involved for full details.
Further detailed information regarding the Pet Travel Scheme can be found here.


Microchipping will become compulsory for all dogs from April 2016 - failure to do so may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £500!

If your dog is still needs a chip, then give us a call to book their microchipping appointment at any of our surgeries. All of our contact information can be found here. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.

We also microchip cats, rabbits and some exotic animals. Please give us a call to find out more.

Having your pet microchipped gives you the best chance of being reunited with them should you lose them. We use high quality Tracer ® microchips which are registered on the Petlog database. The microchip is the size of a small grain of rice and is usually inserted into the scruff of your pet’s neck, in a very quick and simple process.


When your pet is old or sick, you're faced with a heart-breaking decision: Is it time for euthanasia?

It's almost never an easy decision to put your pet down. You may worry it's too soon. That it's too late. That it's not right. Yet it's a decision most of us eventually face. Unless some tragedy befalls your pet, you are probably going to have to make this choice.

We all hope our pet will pass painlessly in their sleep, but that rarely happens. And while it may feel like the right thing to let nature take its course, a natural death is rarely kind if it means prolonged pain.

But how do you know if your pet is suffering, and how do you know the right time?

Ask a Vet

Before you think about putting your pet to sleep, you need the advice of a vet who knows you and your pet well. Share your thoughts and fears with your vet, and get their input.

Explore your pet's treatment options and the pros and cons of each option. The goal of any medical care is ultimately to give our pets the best chance of a good quality of life.

Be honest with yourself. Would you want this operation or therapy, and what about the additional or prolonged pain it might bring?

Ask Yourself

No one knows your pet like you do. You've been there for the years of love, play, and affection.

So think of three or four things your pet really enjoys, such as fetching a ball, playing with a certain toy, or just being with you. Can they still do and enjoy these things?

Then ask: Does your pet still have an appetite? Can they maintain bladder and bowel functions easily? Are they interested in doing the things they normally do?

When there are no effective treatment options, when their bodies are failing or they’re in pain, and when most of your pet's joys are compromised, it's probably time to consider humane euthanasia. Just because your pet is alive, it does not mean that they are living.

Fireworks and Thunderstorms

Many people find fireworks and thunderstorms exciting but unfortunately most animals find them very scary! We most commonly see problems in cats and dogs.

Signs that could indicate your pet is worried about fireworks:

Acting withdrawn
Hiding away
Less interaction with you
Spraying in the home
Change in appetite
Excessive grooming

Excessive panting
Ears back
Hiding away
Barking excessively
Messing in the house

What can you do to help?

Plug in a Feliway® diffuser 4-6 weeks before a firework event - find out more here
Keep your cat indoors after dark
Ensure all windows and doors are shut. Close the curtains and turn the TV on or play music.
Ensure your cat has a safe, warm area to hide in
Feed your cat early in the evening
Make sure litter trays, and water bowls are readily available

Plug in an ADAPTIL® diffuser 4-6 weeks before a firework event - find out more here
Distract your dog by dog with treats or playing a game with them
Walk them early in the evening before it gets dark
Never punish your dog for displaying unwanted behaviour as a result of loud noises
See our Dog services section for advice on Preparations for Phobic Events (Fireworks and Thunderstorms)

For any further information or advice, please contact your local practice and speak to one of our friendly staff. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.

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